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« on: February 22, 2007, 04:58:02 PM »

It's official :

http://www.timesonline.co...ews/uk/article1423975.ece

"Prince Harry will serve in Iraq as a normal officer, the Ministry of Defence and Clarence House confirmed this morning.  (Thursday 22/2)

His armoured reconnaissance squadron has received their orders to deploy to the south of the country in May, where they will form part of 1 Mechanised Brigade, which is replacing the 19 Light Brigade as the main British battlegroup.

In a joint statement issued with the MoD, Clarence House said that the Prince, who is third in line to the throne, would be sent to the front lines but stressed that speculation about precisely where and how he would be fighting could be dangerous.

"Whilst in Iraq Cornet Wales will carry out a normal troop commanderís role, involving leading a troop of 12 men in four Scimitar armoured reconnaissance vehicles, each with a crew of three," the statement read.

"The decision to deploy him has been a military one, made by the Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt, in conjunction with Cornet Walesí commanding officer. The Royal Household has been consulted throughout."



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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2007, 05:11:39 PM »

Well, since the British have announced that they'll be pulling out of Iraq, why was this announcement made?  Even if he goes, his rotation is bound to be brief.  I think it's simply good PR for party princelet.   He'd appear a more serious soldier if he served in Afghanistan under NATO command.
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2007, 05:22:41 PM »

His rotation is expected to last 6-7 months.

At the same time they pull out, they still need new recruits.

"The 22-years-old Prince will join his regiment, the Blues and Royal, in Iraq as part of a long-planned rotation of troops.

Two squadrons from the Household Cavalry Regiment (HCR), of which Harry is part, will be deployed. The rotation of troops will take place in May and June.

Sandhurst-trained Prince Harry was said to be "over the moon" at the news. He had let it be known that he would consider quitting if he were not allowed to serve with his Regiment if it was deployed in a war zone.

"The last thing I said was thereís no way Iím going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country," he once admitted. "That may sound very patriotic, but itís true. Itís not the way anyone should really work."

The 22-year-old third in line to the throne is to become the first royal to be deployed on a tour of duty in a war zone for a quarter of a century. His uncle, the Duke of York, flew helicopters in the Falklands conflict 25 years ago.

His presence in Iraq will cause enormous security problems and there are fears he - and his men - could be singled out as a prime target by Iraqi insurgents. An attack on the Prince would be seen as a huge propaganda victory.

Clarence House and the Ministry of Defence said that the Prince would carry out a "normal troop commanderís role".

http://www.telegraph.co.u...s/2007/02/22/niraq822.xml
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2007, 07:48:35 PM »

Maybe he has his grest, great........grandfather Henry's strong genes and will do an Agincourt thing.  Wink
Actually take care Harry! Hope it does not affect other soldiers there either.

A shame that Harry and Will didn't go for the Royal Navy as their father and uncle did - it might have been a safer career for them.
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« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2007, 05:03:03 AM »

so when is our Admiral Pingo going to lead his troops in Iraq?


(has Danes pulled out ALL their tropps?) Never mind, it'd be good PR for DRF if Pingo is there Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2007, 05:59:51 PM »

He is apparently not going now.
http://www.guardian.co.uk.../Story/0,,2081006,00.html
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2007, 06:02:43 PM »

Very wise choice, indeed!
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2007, 08:02:53 PM »

But his uncle fought in the Falklands War.
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2007, 08:06:52 PM »

Did they target him as what was feared for Harry?
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2007, 08:10:10 PM »

No, if I remember, which is what obviously has made the difference. Perhaps if he had gone incognito it would have helped with no media around him. That is also the problem today- too much press focusing on Diana's children.
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2007, 08:16:51 PM »

This is sutch a senseless war. It is time America and the rest of the world pull out of there and let Irak try to sort themselves out.
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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2007, 10:19:03 AM »

Here is a good resume of the situation / change of decision etc...

http://www.guardian.co.uk.../story/0,,2081111,00.html
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« Reply #12 on: May 19, 2007, 04:51:21 AM »

Loved Jon Stewart's 'Prince Harry' commentary on the Daily Show.

http://www.comedycentral....s/most_recent/index.jhtml
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« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2007, 11:31:03 PM »

No, if I remember, which is what obviously has made the difference. Perhaps if he had gone incognito it would have helped with no media around him. That is also the problem today- too much press focusing on Diana's children.

The press wasn't going to let that happen, and they have their ways of getting information. If Harry was in harm's way in Iraq, and especially if he was kidnapped or hurt, it'd be very profitable for the news organisations. Although why the powers that be didn't factor that into their initial calculations about the feasibility of sending him to the Middle East is anyone's guess.
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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2007, 02:07:32 PM »

Gone are the days when kings used to lead their armies into war.
I suppose  all those heavy medals these royals love to  wear ar just for show.
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